First Fedora, now Canonical

Following the move made by Fedora to support UEFI secure boot, Canonical has announced that they are going to support it as well.

Canonical is taking a slightly different route however. They are dropping Grub completely (as they explain, Grub’s GPLv3 license is troublesome, it may require them to publish their private key, exactly as I have written earlier). Instead they are adopting Intel’s Efilinux-loader.

Since only the bootloader needs to be signed, Ubuntu will continue to support user-compiled kernels.

See? It’s really THAT simple, if you want it to be.

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4 Responses to First Fedora, now Canonical

  1. Pingback: Why I don’t use linux (and why you shouldn’t either) | Scali's blog

  2. k1net1cs says:

    Suddenly it’s so serene around here…now that the two major distributors going their own ways to embrace secure boot and actually be practical rather than theatrical like some of their bigoted users…

  3. RationalUser says:

    Yes, it’s refreshing to see adoption of secure boot; I also seriously hope that openSUSE and Linux Mint join Canonical and Fedora in embracing this, since they’re very stable distros and support many things out of the box – granted, not as friendly as Windows or OS X – but still much better than most Linux distributions that expect the common user to be comfortable with the command line. If SUSE and Mint don’t jump aboard, I will once again be disappointed by the Linux world – Fedora being too bleeding edge for my tastes, and Ubuntu/Canonical being too bloated (SUSE and Mint hit a nice middle ground of stability and features, in a way reminding me of Windows and OS X).

  4. Scali says:

    The interesting part of this story will be how the Grub-maintainers respond. What is effectively happening is that Grub is quickly becoming obsolete because its GPLv3 is not compatible with UEFI secure boot. Fedora uses a proxy approach to get around it, where Ubuntu just replaces it with another bootloader altogether. It could be a case of adapt or perish for Grub: they may need to move to a different license, or go from the most popular bootloader for linux to being extinct. With Ubuntu they’ve already lost the most popular distribution.

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